Two More Years! Two More Years!
I’m not trying to cheat my way out of full-length coverage this morning, but there has been a lot of smaller things we haven’t covered this week in movies and TV that you should be apprised of. Here’s some random tidbits from the television world.
NBC picked up “Parenthood” for a second season. I’m pretty ecstatic about this (it was around number 12 on my Ten Best Shows on TV list). The short review: Peter Krause is phenomenal; the story lines are emotional but not overpowering; and Dax Shepard, actually, is one of the show’s many highlights.
ABC will be re-airing the “Lost” pilot on May 22nd, the night before the series finale. Moreover, the two-hour finale on Sunday May 23rd will be preceded by a two-hour pre-show. That’s four hours of “Lost.”
Here’s some fantastic schadenfreude: In the demographic that matters (18-49), last week Jay Leno slipped lower than Conan O’Brien’s numbers. And that was against Letterman repeats.
HBO has picked up “How to Make It in America” for a second season. I haven’t seen the show yet (waiting for the summer rerun season), but I’ve heard great things.
Hal Holbrook will be joining the third season of “Sons of Anarchy” for a four-episode arc.
HBO has picked up another season of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show was fading until last season’s “Seinfeld” reunion — I expect it will return to the pre-“Seinfeld” fade.
Showtime has picked up Lisa Kudrow’s online series “Web Therapy” for broadcast. The 45 short videos will be strung together into something like 15 eps.
NBC’s absurd “Minute to Win It,” which has not only been picked up for next year, will now also air new episodes over the summer. It is impossible to describe just how dumb this show is.
A U.S. version of the UK’s “Top Gear” will air in the fall on BBC America. It will be hosted by Adam Ferrara, stunt driver Tanner Foust, and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.
Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s shows have been renewed over on Comedy Central through the 2012 presidential election.